Court packing is what is keeping them from going full partisan. They’ll at least pretend to be judges first and partisans second until at least 2024. They’ll take turns being the swing vote is my prediction. I really doubt they’ll overturn Roe for instance as it’ll be a political disaster for the GOP (goodbye unifying issue for Christians to be single issue voters over). They will be keeping their powder dry for when they declare a wealth tax unconstitutional.
They also aren’t going to help Trump out here. There’s literally nothing in it for them and tons of risk. Again they know that there’s nothing stopping a Democratic president from packing the court… and they know that all the norms on the SC got upset to get them Gorsuch. There is real risk for them if they go too crazy basically.
Trump hasn’t done himself any favors by excluding all the real lawyers from his defense either. These arguments he’s putting forward are indefensible and the SC can’t do anything with them without setting broadly damaging precedents that would have massive unintended impacts. I mean the word ‘shall’ appears like 10 times in every contract any of us have ever signed lol. If that words meaning changes all hell would break loose.
The SC can’t help Trump without giving the Dems a ton of cover to pack the court to protect everyone from their villainy basically. And the popularity of such an action among the donor base of both parties would be crazy high if they actually let Trump win one of these idiotic arguments. Rich people like contracts lol. Getting people to sign them is a big part of where their power comes from. The SC is the wrong tool for Trumps problems even though he’s too stupid to realize it. The SC won’t be there for him when he needs them.
Rigging the system by stealing elections, gutting the VRA, gutting campaign finance reform, and declaring certain kinds of taxes unconstitutional is what a conservative majority on the SC is for. They are a strategic resource not a tactical one. They just gradually steer the country in the direction the GOP wants to go… they don’t overtly help you win an impeachment fight.